Top 10 Best Shooting Mat Reviews For The Money (2017)
Don’t know how to pick the best shooting mat?
You are not to blame. No one is to blame either. Because the market is overflowing with shooting mats of different designs, styles, prices, size, weight, - everything! This makes it extremely hard for you to obtain your perfect match.
But as usual, we’ve got a solution for you,
We ventured into the shooting mats market- waded through the good, bad and the ugly- to bring you the TEN BEST picks that will forever change how you shoot (hunt) and carry your arsenal collection.
First, we start with some basics:
What is a Shooting Mat?
In very simple terms, a shooting mat refers to a padded piece of clothing that you usually unroll and lie on when shooting. Doesn’t that automatically result in comfortable, fun shooting?
Because these mats boast of construction from extremely rugged materials, they’re able to withstand outdoor use for many, many years to come. In other words, you don’t have to worry about rips, tears or molds on your shooting mat.
Over the years, this essential piece for hunters has undergone numerous enhancements to make your hunting tasks even more easier and fun. This is expected given that different manufacturer will try to come up with something different.
For example, you’ll find most shooting mats featuring a few inches where you can quickly stash your ammo, data book, pen, among other things.
This, together with other innovative features, brings us to our next subtopic below…
Our 10 Best Shooting Mat Reviews:
1. VISM by NcStar Roll Up Shooting Mat Review:
Sitting at the top position of our list of the best shooting mats for the money is the VISM by NcStar Roll-up Shooting Mat. This is simply a no gimmicks, no frills mat that gives you exactly what you need to enjoy comfortable shooting. Foam padded up to 30 inches; you can bet on the mat to give you the ultimate comfort when prone shooting on the ground.
Made from incredibly rough, durable PVC material, this shooting mat comes ready to serve you for more years than you could imagine. Besides, the material is chemical and water-resistant. Meaning it can withstand all the outdoor pressures you subject it to. No more worries about your mat soaking up and compromising your shooting comfort.
Did you know that this mat can roll up to a remarkably small size- 19.5 w x 8.5 H- enabling you to carry it to your shooting location easily? The presence of two loop straps and hooks lets you quickly secure the mat into a roll. And when you roll it out, it spreads to a comfortable room of 8.5 feet. Isn’t this just the wallet-friendly shooting mat you’ve been looking for?
The money saving shooters mat also features a carry handle as well as an adjustable shoulder strap. The latter also serves the second duty- helping secure your bipod in place, thus preventing the rifle from moving forward due to recoil.
Overall, VISM by NcStar Roll-up Shooting Mat is a handy product that combines quality materials, size, and low-cost to give you the budget mat that meets your needs and requirements. This is simply the mat you’ll easily carry to your hunting zone, roll out and get into your shooting activities instantly!
- knee and elbow slip resistant panels
- 30” padding ensures more comfortable shooting, even in the prone position
- Rolls up into a compact size for easy carry/storage
- Adjustable shoulder strap and carry handle for added mat efficiency
- Constructed from sturdy, chemical/water-resistant, durable PVC material
2. VISM by NcStar Rifle Case Shooting Mat:
What would you call a rifle case that unfolds into a kick butt shooting mat? That’s the VISM by NcStar Rifle Case Shooting Mat. I know most of the hunters hate carrying redundant gear. I don’t like it either. And this highly affordable shooting mat saves you from that hell.
Available in up to 4 tactical colors, the shooters mat comes with storage pouches for both your rifle case as well as shooting mat duty. In fact, the case will fit nearly all guns. Trust me; this is an offer you won’t get for anything close to the price the shooting mat comes with. Moreover, its build from heavy duty PVC material, enabling it to endure the harshest of outdoor elements for longer periods of time.
The thick padding ensures that all its content don’t get any punishment. You’ll also appreciate the reinforced shoulder straps, carry handles and drag straps that let you sling the mat over your shoulder, drag it on the ground, or even tote it like a briefcase!
The best part about this mat is that it comes with adequate room for up to 10 cartridges. The exterior webbing lets you carry along all your essential shooting gear.
VISM by NcStar Rifle Case Shooting Mat is the perfect match for the light traveling hunters who still want to enjoy the utility and comfort offered by a shooting mat. It comes with a pocket-friendly price. It’s even cheaper than the dedicated tactical rifle cases, making it your budget pick.
- Made from heavy-duty PVC material
- Features heavy duty zippers, padded panels, one-piece cleaning rod compartment
- The rifle case unrolls into 66" L X 35" W shooting mat
- Elastic bands (10 each) for individual cartridges (.30 Cal cartridges)
3. Voodoo Tactical Roll Up Shooter's Mat:
Designed by an expert sniper (with peak performance in mind), the Voodoo Tactical Roll up Shooter's Mat is absolutely one of the top shooting mats you’re looking for. It’s a feature-rich mat that comes with everything a dedicated shooter might need.
From the generous 69” length to cartridge loops, storage compartments, extra wide areas for resting your elbows on, and so much more- all in a pocket-friendly price!
Now, this shooting mat rolls up like a sleeping bag and features two beefy buckles that let you easily secure it in the rolled up position for easy carry and storage. What makes this mat unique is the two elbow wings it comes with. This is a cool feature missing in most shooting mats, where your body is fully protected by the mat, but your elbows are neglected.
With its close cell design, the Voodoo offers you generous padding. Furthermore, it’s made from rugged, 100% weather resistant materials. Thus, you can safely use it in damp and rough weather conditions without compromising your shooting comfort.
The mat comes in a variety of tactical colors, including the MultiCam camouflage pattern, ensuring that you remain concealed in your hunting area.
You won’t getter a better deal for the money like this shooting mat. With all the features it comes with, including the dry, comfortable shooting form it offers, this is the real shooting mat you’ve been waiting for.
- Removable tool pouch
- Ammo pouch and bullet slots ensures quick, easy access
- Adjustable straps with quick-release buckles
- Sewn-in data back with a pen holder
- Extra Male and E buckles let you attach the mat to your pack
- Measures up to 69 x 48" at its widest points
- Rolls up to a compact size of 8 X 20-inch for enhanced portability
4. Boyt Harness Bob Allen Tactical Shooting Mat:
Boyt Harness Bob Allen Tactical Shooting Mat is strictly an entry level shooting mat, with some modern twists. Filled with a closed cell foam and designed using waterproof poly fabric, this entry basic shooting mat gives you convenience and comfort. For all this, you just need to spend a few bucks- I mean less than 50 bucks!
Like all the other top-quality shoot mats out there, this model comes with a roll up design, making it easy to carry to any location or even store it. And when unrolled, it spreads out to a whopping 85” x 27” shooting space.
Without a single doubt, this is plenty of room and will give you a comfortable shooting stance while keeping you and your guns above the ground.
To further enhance its style, the mat features a rubberized, non-slip surface which gives it a cutting-edge finish.
A lightweight shooting mat, highly portable, incredibly durable, easy to use and an affordable price tag: if you like keeping simple (and saving some bucks too), this is the mat to buy today.
- Water resistant poly with poly webbing
- Roll up design for easy carry, storage
- Closed cell foam enhances comfort
- Rubberized, non-slip surface
- Poly webbing strap
5. MidwayUSA Pro Series Competition Shooting Mat:
Straight from the MidwayUSA, the Pro Series Competition Shooting Mat also enjoys a high rating for excellent features and peak performance. Midway relied on highly experienced staff for research as well as development when coming up with this particular shooters mat to ensure they give you the best product.
Despite the high-quality materials and great features it comes with, it leans towards the lower cost end, making it an excellent choice for all hunters on a budget. One of its most notable features is the durable, resilient design. It’s made from the 400D PVC coated Polyester, which allows you to use it in extreme weather conditions for many years.
Being one of the roll-up designs, it can roll up to a compact size of 8-½" Diameter x 35-½" Wide for easy transportation and storage. When unrolled, it will give you a room as big as 73-½" Long x 35-½" for a more portable shooting experience.
Taking a closer look at the mat, you’ll notice the two accessory pockets that allow you to carry the additional shooting gear you might need. Not forgetting the two pen pockets where you can conveniently stash a pen for recording some data. Besides, it features a heavy sewn webbing for easily reloading your bipod.
To give you a unique shooting experience, the mat comes with knee and elbow pad areas. Unlike the earlier model from MidwayUSA, these pads are made from light colored material and hold well; plus it won’t get hot in the sun.
And oh! Don’t forget it comes with 4 metal stakes that help secure your mat to the ground, preventing lifting off by winds or muzzle blast.
Compared to its competitors, this MidwayUSA shooting mat offers you a list of unique features that translates into a better shooting experience. Its low pricing makes it ideal for all shooters on a budget!
- Made from tough polyester
- Sturdy corner grommets facilitates staking down, preventing lifting from muzzle blasts or winds
- Comes equipped with knee and elbow pads
- Carry handle and shoulder straps included
- Legal for the CMP/High Power rifle matches
- Legal for the Smallbore competition
6. Tactical Roll Up Shooter's Mat by Golden Eye Tactical :
Another shooting mat that exhibits simplicity at its best is the Golden Eye Tactical Roll up Shooter's Mat. It comes with a variety of colors so that you can pick from Oliver drab, dark earth, or the black version. What’s your favorite color?
Because of the mat’s simplicity, it feels incredibly lightweight, and thus a top choice for shooters who would prefer a more portable model. To add more to its portability, it comes with a roll up design, allowing you to compress it into a compact size of 8" x 20". But don’t let that compactness fool you. When fully rolled out, the mat measures 69" x 48"- sufficient length and width to support you and your shooting gear.
The padding job on the mat is also great. The manufacturer adopted the design found in the top-ranking mats where they include the elbow wings. These helps prevent your elbows from the pain of dirt as well as chemicals. These wings plus the overall padding gives you the best comfort you’ve ever got.
Another great feature of this mat usually taken for granted is the quick release buckles. Imagine yourself walking in the woods looking for the perfect target. Then, out of blues, the target comes into view. Rather than removing straps or untying the knots, you’ve got your quick release buttons that make it easy to jump into a perfect position and fire a perfect shot at your target.
This is the best deal you’ll ever get in a shooting mat. You’ll get a shooting mat, with a simple design, and a couple of features only found in the highly proved models only. And it sells at such a low price. Grab this mat today and make your future shooting tasks fun and enjoyable.
- Lightweight padded protection
- Fold-out elbow wings and easy roll-up design
- Sewn in data book pocket with a pen holder
- Removable tool pouch, bullet slots, and ammo pouch
- Features quick release buckles
- Measures 69" x 48" when fully opened
- Reduces to a compact 8" x 20" when rolled up
7. MidwayUSA Competition Shooting Mat:
Another high-quality mat from MidwayUSA, designed by highly experienced staff, to meet all your shooting needs for generations to come. Like the earlier mat we’ve reviewed from MidwayUSA, this one is also a great bargain. What’s more, it has proven its peak performance in the shooting field time and again, making the most preferred choice for serious hunters and shooters across the United States.
The mat uses two Velcro straps and rolls out just the way a sleeping bag does- deploying a shooting mat has never been this fast! Because the mat is made from rough, sturdy polyester material, it can withstand all forms of weather elements out there without compromising your shooting comfort and efficiency. With such a thick, sturdy mat, you can stash up all your items without fearing that it might rip apart due to overloading.
When it comes to the overall design, this hunters mat ranks among the best! It comes with a wide array of innovative features like the excellent padding which allows you to shot even on concrete surfaces, on crushed granite, on truck beds- anywhere! We also can forget to state the blocking points that offer you sufficient space for all you shooting accessories such as bipods, scopes, etc.
You’ll also enjoy ample shooting room to make yourself comfortable. The knee and elbow padding are unique features in this mat that take shooter comfort to the next level.
For improved mat efficiency, it comes with corner grommets, made of sturdy materials, which prevents the mat from lifting due to muzzle blast or winds. The roll up design reduces the mat to a compact size for easy storage or transportation.
If you want to have a feel of what expert competitive shooters and hunters have been using across the world, this is the shooting mat to buy. With its excellent padding, durable polyester construction, and elbow and knee pads, get ready for an overwhelming shooting experience!
- Durable polyester design
- Features non-skid knee and elbow pads
- Sturdy corner grommets facilitates staking down, preventing lifting from muzzle blasts or winds
- Handle, and shoulder strap included
- Legal for the CMP/High Power rifle matches
- Legal for the Smallbore competition
8. Voodoo Tactical Lightweight Roll-Up Shooting Mat:
The Voodoo Tactical Lightweight Roll-Up Shooting Mat was designed with fast-moving hunters in mind. With its compact, lightweight design, you can easily and quickly roll it up to stow it away.
The no-nonsense mat offers you an incredibly comfortable, clean area to shoot or hunt in. It’s constructed from high-quality materials- a double layer of rugged clothing. Note that the two layers have been diagonally stitched to keep off any fabric movements. What’s more, it comes generously padded to ensure that your body, including your elbows, won’t hurt as you take on your target.
It’s also good to note that the mat comes with pen holder, data book, bullet slots, and ammunition pouch. Because it features adjustable straps and quick-release buckles, transporting it to your hunting zone and deploying it gets easier and faster.
When rolled out, the widest part of the mat measures 69” x 48”. This is simply the perfect size to carry when hunting. And when rolled up, it reduces to 8” x 20” only.
When you have the Voodoo Tactical Lightweight Roll-Up Shooting Mat, you rest assured that your hunting peak performance of hunting will never fail because the mat will always protect you from the distracting elements on the ground. The pocket-friendly price tag makes the deal even sweeter.
- Ideal for shooters who move too fast
- Compact design and lightweight (less than 5 pounds)
- Made from a double layer of rugged clothing
- Measures 59" x 48" when spread out
- Rolls up to 17" x 6."
- Features quick release buckles for rapid deployment
9. Eberlestock Padded Magic Carpet Shooting Mat:
The Eberlestock Padded Magic Carpet Shooting Mat is a simple but highly useful tool that all serious shooters will appreciate. It's designed such that you can roll it up for easy transportation to your hunting zone. Deploying it is also easy and fast, as you just need to hold the end and toss it out. Because it features a weighted end, it simply unfurls, and you’re ready for action.
The mat offers you sufficient room. That is, it can spread from a distance below your knees up to the area in front of your rifle barrel. This makes it an effective muzzle blast dust suppression barrier.
The manufacturers allow you to pick between two different variations of this mat. If you wish to achieve the greatness compactness when you roll the mat up, go for the on-padded A1SM. If you would like to enjoy comfortable padding on the area of the mat you’ll be lying in, then you should pick the A2SM.
The presence of the PVC backing on this mat not only makes it rugged, but it also makes it a waterproof mat.
Above all, it comes with a really affordable price for a shooting mat of its caliber!
- Features a roll-up design
- Lightweight design enhances portability
- Comes with compression straps
- Durable construction
- Spreads out to around 92"x34.”
10. Voodoo Tactical Advanced Shooter's Mat:
The Voodoo’s advanced shooting mat offers you excellent protection padded protection with foldout elbow wings. It also comes with additional side arms to ensure you’re fully shielded from the obstructing ground objects.
As if that’s not enough, the manufacturers also added some non-skid material on the elbow area. This prevents the mat from shifting during use and maintains your elbows in one place.
Like its brothers from Voodoo, the advanced shooters mat also features a sewn-in data book plus a pen holder so you can easily record your data in the field. Because it comes with several MOLLES rows, it promotes the ambidextrous use of ammo pouches.
With an easy roll-up design, you can quickly fold up your shooting mat for easy carry to your hunting zone. Furthermore, it features adjustable straps with quick release buckles or lighting speed deployment. The presence of the E buckles means you can attach it to your pack.
For all hunting trips to the woods, this tactical advanced shooters mat from Voodoo will never disappoint!
- Fold out elbow wings, and optional side wings included
- Extra E buckles lets you attach to your backpack
- Roll-up design
- Measures 72" x 48" when wide open
- Measures 10" x 20" when rolled up
What Makes a Great Shooting Mat?
I’d tell you this again and again- not every shooting mat you find on the market (no matter how appealing looks to your eyes) is the perfect shooting mat for you.
Rather, the best pick for you should be based on the overall design of your mat and all the features the mat comes with.
With that in mind, let me take you through some features that define the best shooting mat for you below.
One of the tops factors that define a great shooting mat is its durability. A durable shooting mat ought to be flexible, resilient and capable of lasting for many, many years even under regular use in the extreme outdoor conditions.
The durability of your shooting mat is directly related to its materials and overall construction. The higher the quality of the materials used, the better your mat would be at withstanding pressure and other outdoor elements and maintain its shape for longer.
2. Weight and Size
Depending on where you plan to execute your shooting, the size and weight of your shooting mat should also be a primary consideration.
For example, if you can access the shooting area with your truck and park right next to your zone, then you can go with the biggest, highly padded shooting mats.
However, if you’re a hunter or a competitive shooter, you’d want something light and highly portable. And that means going for the mats with minimal padding.
However, you should take special considerations for the size (length and width) of your mat. If you’re a taller hunter, consider looking for a longer mat, probably 7 feet or more, to ensure you have enough room to stretch out.
Besides, ensure your mat is wide enough to accommodate any additional shooting gear you might be carrying.
Yes, the padding can make or break your shooting mat. Padding translates to comfort and extended shooting sessions.
Most of the shooting mats you’ll find out there come with a quite dense padding layer. You’ll also find others that come with even more padding to ensure you get even more comfortable and shoot for longer hours.
But keep in mind that the more the padding, the heavier your mat might feel.
The effectiveness of a shooting mat boils down to its carrying capacity and ease of storage.
Most of the best-selling mats on the market today come with a roll-up design to facilitate easy storage as well as carrying capacity.
Others feature- like pouches, shoulder harness, and backpack straps promote additional storage and easy carry.
Make sure the shooting mat you intend to buy comes with these amazing features.
Hands down, these are the ten highest quality, most well-throughout shooting mats that will meet any budget. The best shooting mat not only offers you a comfortable shooting place but also gives you some storage space for your guns as and other essential shooting accessories.
It’s a must -have item that will magically boost your overall hunting performance whole taking care of all your hunting equipment before, during and after the exercise.
Order the shooting mat that meets your budgets and requirements from the above list today